We are The Wastelanders! On guitar and vocals is Violet "Vy" Breslin and on the drums is Georgios "Yodios" Basoukeas. We're here to drink coffee and rock out, and we drank all the coffee.
Vy - Right now, The Wastelanders are a fairly recent project. Individually we've both been chasing music for years, looking for people to make it with, going through personal struggles along the way, transitioning, etc. Finally you could say fate stepped in: we had each kind of hit a wall musically, Covid happened, the world basically shut down, we each had a massive amount of free time on our hands, and then we met through a mutual friend. We weren't looking to start a band right away, posting craigslist ads looking for people or anything. It just happened by chance. We started hanging out a lot. One day Yodie sat down on the drums and I picked up a guitar and that was it, we were in sync.
While we both have live experience separately from previous acts, due to the profound effects of Covid-19 on businesses, especially bars and other music venues, we have yet to score our first real gig together. Here's hoping!
Vy - I'm heavily influenced by the classics, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, etc. I grew up on that stuff. Fell in love with the White Stripes when I first heard them. I'm often influenced not just by the music but by the people behind it, I try to get in their heads, see what makes these legendary songwriters tick.
Yodios - *tbd*
Vy - Epiphone SG Limited Edition "Emily the Strange", Fender Frontman 75W Amp, Crybaby Wah. I also have a Cort CL 202 that I've modified and covered in stickers. I've dabbled with lots of other types of gear, pedals, etc., but I like the simplicity of my setup.
Yodios - currently using an Alesis Nitro Mesh e-Drumkit. The soundboard of different kits offers a great deal of versatility.
In the year 2020 the world has been ravaged by a deadly virus, climate crises, political unrest, and rampant discrimination, globally. The impact of Covid-19 cannot be overstated. Nevertheless, were it not for the economic standstill that was created by Covid in the US, The Wastelanders may never have come to be.
With that in mind, we've stepped onto the scene with an idea, a message, one that really isn't all that new but needs to be said as loud as possible: that we are all equal, we are all one. We all have struggles and pain and joys and hopes, and it doesn't matter if you are black, white, gay, straight, trans, or cis, you are a person, not a statistic. It's easy to forget that in a world that's busting at the seams, constantly flowing with negative information, so we want to make that message as loud as possible, as a way to give back for the good fortune we've received. And what's louder than rock 'n' roll?